The IWAS Wheelchair Fencing World Championships 2011 in Catania, Italy – Summary
In October the IWAS Wheelchair Fencing World Championships was held in the Catania, Italy. With the impressive backdrop of the ornate Gymnasium building in the University Plaza in downtown Catania, at the opening ceremony, Mr Alberto Martinez Vassallo, President of IWAS Wheelchair Fencing addressed the assembled dignitaries, athletes, officials, volunteers and national media organisations, and thanked the Federation International d’Escrime (FIE) and the Italian Federazione de Scherma (FIS) for their continued investment in Wheelchair Fencing for the combining of the Wheelchair World Championships and the non-disabled World Championships.
“The International Wheelchair and Amputee Sports Federation (IWAS) are very proud to be at the forefront of technology and working in collaboration with the Federation Internationale d’Escrime(FIE) with their FIE TV live streaming of events through the internet. We are sure that the exposure of wheelchair fencing to a worldwide audience will enable us to promote our work in developing sporting opportunities for the physically disabled across the globe.” Maura Strange, Secretary General IWAS
After the opening ceremonies and training complete the IWAS Wheelchair Fencing World Championships began with the Women’s Epee competition on the 10th October.
Full results of the championships and the current rankings can be found on the IWAS Website.